MEMBERS of the Pershore and District Royal Naval Association (RNA) have began the season of Remembrance with a blessing and dedication to a former shipmate.
A service hosted by members of RNA was held on Saturday (October 24) outside the chapel in Pershore Cemetery, where they blessed the bench of late shipmate Arthur Goodall.
The service was led by RNA Chaplain Canon Richard Etheridge and took place in the presence of Arthur’s family where the bench is sited.
Arthur died in August this year after a long illness.
He had a loyal dedication to Pershore, working at the town’s Allen Gears for many years and joining the RNA shortly after its formation.
He was a great champion of the Pershore Sea Cadets, serving on their management committee prior to his ill health.
RNA Chairman Terry Brimmell said: “Arthur was a true gentleman who championed the youth of the town, especially the sea cadets of whom he was very proud.
“He bore his illness with great dignity and bravery and remained a loyal member of the RNA right up until his death.
“We considered a bench to be a lasting tribute to his life and hope it will offer both his family and friends a place to sit and remember him.
“It’s only fitting it’s situated inbetween the memorial benches of our other two shipmates outside the beautiful chapel, in a place that brings peace and tranquillity.”